John Blessing’s reel

Also known as The Funny Days Of Easter.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Miss Ramsey (a few times) and Tinker Hill (a few times).

John Blessing's has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: John Blessing's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3F GFED|FAA2 dBAG|FAAF GBdB|AFDF E2D2:|
afdf gfef|afdf eBB2|1afdf gfef|abaf e2df:|2defg afbf|afdf e2dB||

Six comments

Source: The Missing Reel by Seamus McGuire And John Lee
Transcription: gmp

I know a John Blessing’s Reel, also known as Charlie Harris Reel (sometimes played as a polka), which is quite different, but also in D mayor. Never heard this version with that name before. Is there any information about this tune here?

another recording of John Blessing

Stockton’s wing
The crooked rose album
1997

The Funny Days of Easter

A very similar version of this tune appears in the Francis Reynolds manuscript of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford written in the last quarter of the 19th century. Given that John Blessing lived quite close to Gaigue this title in the manuscript is probably what it was known as that local region.

Re: John Blessing’s

Aidan Connolly does a bang-up job of this on Be Off.

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